Are you tired of sitting around the same four walls, watching Netflix and not doing much else? There are so many fun activities that can be done from home, especially if you’re a resident of one of America’s most beautiful states – New Hampshire!
From cozy dinners at unique eateries to exploring the outdoors with winter gear on your feet, here are 10 engaging indoor activities in New Hampshire for days when you just don’t feel like leaving.
The 10 Best Indoor Activities in New Hampshire
Conway Scenic Railroad
- Address: 38 Norcross Cir, North Conway, NH 03860, United States
- Map: Click here
- Rating: 4.3 (4963)
- Phone: +1 603-356-5251
- Website: Link
- Opening hours:
Monday: ClosedTuesday: ClosedWednesday: ClosedThursday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PMFriday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PMSaturday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PMSunday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Loved taking the train here! It was 2 1/2 hours long to one end and back to the train station. Very festive for the holiday season. You can move in between carts if it’s not too crowded. The station is also located in a cute area of coffee shops and small businesses. It
might be best however to take a train in the warmer months so you can see better views of nature throughout the ride. If possible, buy tickets in advance on the website.By Babee Garcia (a week ago)Peaceful ride with my wife.
We decided to do the 2 hour tour as we did not want to take up the whole day. Overall, we were pleased with it.
We were even able to buy some snacks while on board.
Got some great views and even some history and facts about the places as we passed by them.By David Melo (2 months ago)A great family adventure that does not take the entire day away! We took the 2 hour tour. It was very scenic and they did a great job with explaining all of the local details along the way. I hope they get the PA system fixed as that made it difficult to hear all the facts. They should think about limiting the age as there were some very frustrating toddlers on out train. We also had to stop twice as 3 other cars lost power a couple times along the way. It’s worth the cost if you like trains and knowing the local history.By Richard Holst (7 months ago)The train ride was okay. Personally it’s a one and done experience for me. Didn’t really see much during my train ride besides a few houses, trees, and the occasional river. There were a few views of the mountain but just short glimpses as the train passed through. If you want to experience riding on a old fashioned locomotive train then this is definitely your experience. For me, it was just okay. I was better off saving the money for a nice lunch and see take in the scenic views on one of the many free trails nearby.By Alex L. (a year ago)I booked the train ride online and the tickets were ready to collect just outside the station door.
This was both an easy way to book and collect the tickets.
As usual the attraction was busy and there was a long line to get onboard.
We booked the first class Sawyer river – historic Gertrude Emma.
The seats were surprisingly comfy wicker seats facing the window so we all got a good view as we travelled along the railway
The onboard guide informed everyone about the views as we passed and this was very informative. The train passed many crossroads and would sound the whistle (which was great)
My family really enjoyed the ride and I would recommend everyone try it, but to be honest there are only so many trees you can look at before you become a bit tired of watching them pass you by.
The whole trip took just over 2hrsBy Andy Murfet (3 weeks ago)
- Address: 579 Endicott St N, Laconia, NH 03246, United States
- Map: Click here
- Rating: 4.6 (4336)
- Phone: +1 603-366-4377
- Website: Link
- Opening hours:
Monday: 12:00 – 10:00 PMTuesday: 12:00 – 10:00 PMWednesday: 12:00 – 10:00 PMThursday: 12:00 – 10:00 PMFriday: 12:00 – 10:00 PMSaturday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PMSunday: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
This arcade is absolutely incredible. Very affordable and you’re guaranteed to have an amazing time! Worth the trip without a doubt. So much to do and upstairs feels very nostalgic and retro. There’s 80s music playing as well. Which really helped to set the scene.By Austin Sullivan (5 months ago)Not really too sure where to begin with this review. Let’s just say this. What an absolute awesome place to spend some time. Kids and adults alike, will have more than enough to keep them busy. The biggest arcade in the country in only the beginning. There is an endless amount. A vast sea if you would.. of classic video games and pinball machines. All in fantastic shape and great working order. You’ll be hard pressed to think of a game that they do not have. They also have alot of newer games with the new technology, but the real gems are the old school games. In addition, there are tons and tons of little displays everywhere. Chronicles or video games. Stories. Pictures. History. Lots of little areas like this set up museum style if you would. Very very cool. There are also a couple places to grab some food. We checked out the tavern which was pretty good. Decent pub style food and great drinks. Very impressive beer list, the flight of 4 choices on tap was great. I had 9 to pick from I believe. Was really good. There is also a bowling alley here, areas for toddlers to explore and play, and a mini golf setup. That looked a little crammed. But everywhere else and everything else is spread out pretty well. The complex is mazzive. Even offering a cash bingo hall across the parkinglot. I’d also like to add in that the atmosphere is awesome. Especially up in the retro arcade. And the games are priced very fairly. With a token equaling a quater. All the older games I played were one token which was great. Pin ball machines were 2. And the newer and bigger games were 4. You can get 125 tokens for 20 dollars and make them last all day easily.By Peter P (4 months ago)We had a blast. I loved the nostalgia, my kids had so much fun playing the games, and the food was good. Great customer service, too. It’s a long drive for us, but we’ll definitely go again!By Traci Charney (7 months ago)Amazing and euphoric place to say the least. I went in with low expectations, thinking I’ll get ripped off, but enjoy seeing “The World’s Largest Arcade Collection”…Yet I was completely blown away, and left smiling like a gleeful 11 year old. The modern games that provide ticket rewards payout well, and there’s nothing like holding a heavy stack of tickets. If those don’t do it for you, the upstairs collection of classic 80s games is an absolute dream. The other reviews really weren’t exaggerating about how extensive it is. Even if 1 out of 15 machines is out of order and you lose a token….come on!!! The token conversion rate is so generous, it’s not even worth chasing down a reimbursement, the other 14 out of 15 machines will make your day. The bowling alley ain’t too shabby eitherBy Arthur Hayden (7 months ago)Great place to go on a rainy day, & the space is huge! Although I will say my kids, husband, & I, felt like they could have more arcade games inside. Quite a few games were out of order too, unfortunately. The 3rd floor has all the old classic arcade games which is cool. They also have a bowling alley with small & big balls which is nice. & have a small indoor mini golf area, although we didn’t do that since it wasn’t very big & we went somewhere else for mini golf. Theres a place to eat inside by the bowling alley, & a little ice cream place outside with a small swing set nearby for kids too. 1 of the best things is the animal bumper cars for kids 10 & under. My 5yr old absolutely loved them, & when my oldest was younger he did too; & i remember loving them when i was a kid! I think the biggest disappointment was the prizes for tickets, they didn’t have much of a selection; & I felt like the amount of tickets for prizes was ridiculous honestly! For example, a fun spot cup filled with cheap candy is 500 tickets, a small fun spot mug is 600 tickets, a fun spot water bottle is 2,000 tickets & for a medium size stuff animal it’s 2,000 tickets? Majority of their prizes are 1500 & up, for anything decent anyways. & they don’t have alot at all for tickets in between like 5-300. We come here at least once every year while on vacation, cause there’s always 1 rainy day where everything else is closed; & it’s a family tradition. Well be back again next summer, since we do always have a good time though?By Mr. & Mrs. Castro (3 months ago)
- Address: 850 NH-16, Glen, NH 03838, United States
- Map: Click here
- Rating: 4.5 (3820)
- Phone: +1 603-383-4186
- Website: Link
We had an awesome day! I thought it would be boring but my daughter (6) and I had a great time, so much to do. We went to Disney last year and I’ll tell you that it wasn’t this exciting. Perfect for children between ages 3 – 10. If you have older kids that like to entertain their younger siblings I’m sure they’ll like it to. I would highly recommend this place. Plenty of places to seat around for grandparents that want to tag along. Picnic areas and places to buy drinks, food and snacks. They literally have restrooms every corner you turn. Slushy was pretty good and so is the fry dough. It may be a good idea to buy the refillable cups.
If you’re thinking about visiting Storyland go for it, it is a great experience for the little ones.By Mag B (3 months ago)So much fun, lots of stuff to do for all age groups. We have a 1.5 year old, a 4 year old and an 8 year old, and they all had a blast! We did too! I LOVE that they have so many misting tents through out the park to help with cool downs. Staff was all soooo friendly and seemed genuinely happy to be there. Wish there was more time in the day to have done every thing. Will definitely be back. Thinking of even getting season passes for next summer.By Samantha Holmes (5 months ago)This is a fun place to take the kids for the day, rides are suitable for most children and the park seemed clean for the most part. The eating area can use a little more attention as majority of tables were dirty and trashes were full. The ride attendees were very friendly and when there wasn’t anyone in line they would ask if we wanted to go again. Beware of the Turtle ride, pretty aggressive spinning ?! Definitely will take the family here again !By Jacquelyn Parrott (4 months ago)I have been coming here for the past 25 years. My parents brought me and now I bring my daughter. They have updated the park since and all for the better (still have the classics like the geysers and Panda flume). Tons of food and drink options.
There is a small water park area as well as a few water rides that you and the kids can get soaked in. I suggest wearing clothing that dries quickly, bringing extra clothes (I kept most in the car to change into after and brought in a pair of shorts and undies to swap off the little one to prevent chaffing). Wear good shoes (the whole of story land is very big. Lots of walking) that can also handle some water) or bring water shoes to wear while in the water areas.
If you plan on going more than once or twice in a year, get the season pass. Then you get discounts on food, drink and merchandise as well.
There is free parking. The lot across the street. There’s underground walkway so you don’t have to cross the street on foot.
There is the new Living Shores aquarium next door. They share the parking lots. On certain season passes you also get a discounted entry to the aquarium, which is open all year long. Story land does close for the winter, early October this year.By Sam B (a month ago)Storyland was a 2 hour plus drive for me but found it magical. Watched my 8 and 3 year old grandchildren just relish stepping into the old favorite stories. Old lady who lived in the shoe was so kind to my grandson that he stopped crying when she spoke. Cinderella was lovely and so believably a princess. Plenty of places to rest for this grandmother and get cooled off in water areas. I completely forgot my age while shooting water cannons at my son in law!! Beautiful place, rides for all ages.By Brenda Lowther (5 months ago)
USS Albacore Museum
- Address: 600 Market St, Portsmouth, NH 03801, United States
- Map: Click here
- Rating: 4.7 (1633)
- Phone: +1 603-436-3680
- Website: Link
- Opening hours:
Monday: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PMTuesday: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PMWednesday: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PMThursday: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PMFriday: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PMSaturday: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PMSunday: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
This was an amazing museum. The family had been to many navel ship museums and this is our first submarine. With me being 6’3″ tall it really shows myself and the family how tight spaces are and were for people on subs. They also had another ship sitting in the parking lot. Too bad we couldn’t climb through it. The memorial park at the opposite end of the museum was nice. Hope to find and explore more submarine museums on our travels. Nachos…..By bryan rooth (5 months ago)This was a great and fascinating part of history. We loved exploring this and learning about not only the USS Albacore but many other subs as well. This was kid friendly and they had a gift shop. We went on a rainy day and it was really nice to have not only myself but the kids learn about a part of their state!By Linda (a month ago)This is a must-do place to visit even if you are simply driving through Portsmouth, NH! Well preserved piece of U.S. Naval history! We were on our way up to Maine from Massachusetts and decided to take a two hour break so we grabbed a ticket and spent about an hour walking through the submarine learning about it’s specific contributions to U.S. Naval submarine dominance.
The people running the place are super nice and helpful!By Toby Bear (2 months ago)Wow, so much fun, and we were two adults visiting. I bet kids will enjoy even more! You can interact and touch some of the equipment which makes it so much more interesting! Everything is so tight and small, you might feel a bit suffocating at times, so if you don’t like small spaces I’d avoid.By kate dubitski (6 months ago)Such as a great place to visit, especially with the family. The staff are all very friendly and the gentlemen in the gift shop area are extremely knowledgeable! On very hot summer days the museum may be closed so call ahead!By Andre Cirilo (4 months ago)
- Address: 200 Daniel Webster Hwy, Nashua, NH 03060, United States
- Map: Click here
- Rating: 4.2 (1521)
- Phone: +1 603-888-8735
- Website: Link
- Opening hours:
Monday: ClosedTuesday: ClosedWednesday: ClosedThursday: ClosedFriday: 3:00 – 8:00 PMSaturday: 1:00 – 8:00 PMSunday: 1:00 – 8:00 PM
If your children love ticket games, this is the place to be. I really wanted to ride the 2 story indoor carousel but there was a line, and no one was running it in person to ask about special tickets or rider limits. I saw an original Centipede cabinet on the top floor and was super excited, hoping desperately to find more than a Mrs. Pacman vintage cab with someone clearly spending their day there, and 8 mediocre pinball machines. Had there been a half dozen more retro games in all the empty space I would have purchased a cup of tokens and stayed a while. The restrooms and facilities looked fairly maintained for an aging property and the large windows and open stairwells truly make for a cool atypical arcade gaming experience. This site also has quite a few 2 & 4 seater contemporary sit in FPS games. I will definitely be back, but with some little ones next time!By Star McBabe (9 months ago)I have not been to Fun World since 1993 when I had a party for my then 2yr old. My grandson (7) had a wonderful time. Very age appropriate. Only problem I had was the inside slide was $12. Someone in Marketing missed the mark. I would have paid $5 per hour for each child. Every hour change the color bandsBy Celeste Long (5 months ago)Place is skeezy. Lots of broken games, no one attending the rides, play area is closed. Several rooms being used as storage. Old racetrack outside, clearly not being used. Lower parking deck is closed, so parking is limited. Bathrooms were gross, no urinals in the men’s room. Only two stall and one was small enough that an adult would have trouble sitting down. Saw several old creepy dudes walking around without kids.
The only positive was that the machines weren’t that token hungry and $20 (plus free $7 bonus) went pretty far.
Would not come again.By Jason Woodley (a year ago)Brought our youngest child here (3 yr old) for the first time on Saturday. He absolutely loved it. They are a lot cleaner then before, much more of a comfortable setting for the kids to play. Staff is a little scarce for the merry go round and the mini rides but they’re there if you ask. Games are well kept, though there were about 4 of the little kid games that just ate our tokens and gave no ride or game. All in all, my son had an absolute blast.By Ashley Porter (3 weeks ago)Kids loved it although the play areas closed for covid the Carousel was open as well as all there games. Really good place to blow a couple hrs and 20 bucks having funBy Thomas Silk (a year ago)
If you’re looking for some indoor activities to keep you busy during your stay in New Hampshire, look no further. We’ve compiled a list of the 10 best indoor activities in the state, so you can make the most of your time here. Whether you’re into history, art, or science, there’s something for everyone on this list. So what are you waiting for? Start exploring!
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